| Aug 21, 2012
| 4:26 PM
While some had no choice but to stand due to a sell-out, standing-room-only house, even those with seats at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre took to their feet in a standing ovation following the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s “Dance in the...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 9:00 AM
Michael Feinstein was surprised to be asked to fill the newly named Marvin Hamlisch Chair as principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops orchestra.
“I was gobsmacked,” Feinstein said, “and very touched.”
Feinstein succeeds Hamlisch,...
| Aug 26, 2012
| 7:00 AM
The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre's presentation of “Dance in the USA” at the John Anson Ford Theatre on Aug. 17 was sometimes whimsical, other times inspiring and, a few times, a bit lackluster.
However, overall, the Burbank dance company'...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 9:30 AM
Irving Berlin would be 125 years old were he still alive come next May. He wasn't quite that much of a superhuman, but he did live until the age of 101, from 1888 to 1989, not a bad run for a songwriter. He wrote tunes like "Easter Parade", "White...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:30 PM
Musical theater connoisseurs who had hoped to see "Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation" last October filled the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on July 13 for the rescheduled event.
Previously, the legendary Broadway composer and...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 6:57 PM
For all of us who enjoy the summer concerts of the Pasadena Pops, the news Tuesday of the death of Marvin Hamlisch, its music director and conductor, was stunning. Even though it was apparent at his first two concerts this season that Hamlisch was not...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 5:35 PM
Shakespeare, Molière, musical romps, contemporary classics, comedies of all Jordi Galcerán's descriptions, cutting-edge new work — theater in Southern California is varied, plentiful and far-flung, from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and...
| May 16, 2010
After nearly a decade as a Vegas showgirl, Patsy Rodriguez has plenty of stories about performances that didn't go quite as planned. She may not tell all, but she shares plenty when she meets visitors.
Like the one about the time her wig fell off and got...
| Jan 14, 2008
Caryl Flinn's biography of Ethel Merman is as much an admiration of a voice as it is a story of a life. The author is quick to describe the "mesmerizing force" with "its homegrown Astoria accent" filling up auditoriums before amplifiers and microphones...
| Oct 13, 2008
Every Wednesday morning for half an hour I take singing lessons at Carol Tingle's cozy studio in Santa Monica. Climbing the stairs, I let go of my to-do list, quiet my monkey brain that swings among the tortured vines of obligations and annoyances and...
| Sep 4, 2010
It seems as though actress Scarlett Johansson had no sooner sold her old place in the Hollywood Hills than she and her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, closed on a house in Los Feliz for $2.9 million.
Built in the late '60s, the restored Buff & Hensman-...
| Oct 17, 2008
There's nothing like a little harp music to soothe jangled nerves. Popular at weddings, funerals and not a few brises, the age-old instrument, with its sensual curves and ethereal-sounding glissandi, not only has an aristocratic air but also seems an...